The Rose That Grew from Concrete

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The Rose That Grew from Concrete
Compilation album (Poetry Album) by 2Pac
Released October 17, 2000
Genre Poetry
Length 70:46
Label Amaru/Interscope
2Pac chronology
Still I Rise
(1999)
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
(2000)
Until the End of Time
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly A− [2]
NME (8/10) [3][4]
Q 3/5 stars [4]
RapReviews.com (7/10) [5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars [6]

The Rose That Grew from Concrete is an album based on the poetry/writings of Tupac Shakur, released in 2000. This album features a large cast of celebrities reading Shakur's poetry and writing, much in the spirit of a traditional spoken word album.

It has sold 262,672 copies in the United States as of 2011.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tupac Interlude" – 0:57
  2. "Wake Me When I'm Free" (featuring Babatunde Olatunji) – 5:52
  3. "Can U C the Pride in the Panther (Male Version)" (featuring Mos Def) – 2:57
  4. "When U're Heart Turns Cold" (featuring Sonia Sanchez) – 1:38
  5. "U R Ripping Us Apart!!!" (featuring Dead Prez) – 3:04
  6. "Tears of a Teenage Mother" (featuring Jasmine Guy) – 0:39
  7. "God" (Featuring Reverend Run) – 0:47
  8. "And Still I Love You" (featuring Red Rat) – 3:03
  9. "Can U C the Pride in the Panther (Female Version)" (featuring Mos Def) – 4:54
  10. "If There Be Pain" (featuring Providence & RasDaveed El Harar) – 4:32
  11. "A River That Flows Forever" (featuring Danny Glover, Afeni Shakur and The Cast of The Lion King) - 2:20
  12. "The Rose That Grew from Concrete" (featuring Nikki Giovanni) - 2:35
  13. "In The Event of My Demise" (featuring The Outlawz and Geronimo ji Jaga) - 4:41
  14. "What of a Love Unspoken" (featuring Tre) - 3:16
  15. "Sometimes I Cry" (featuring Dan Rockett) - 3:10
  16. "The Fear in the Heart of Man" (featuring Q-Tip) - 4:16
  17. "Starry Night" (featuring Quincy Jones, Mac Mall & Rashida Jones) - 4:33
  18. "What of Fame?" (featuring Russell Simmons) - 0:21
  19. "Only 4 the Righteous" (featuring Rha Goddess) - 2:29
  20. "Why Must You Be Unfaithful" (featuring Sarah Jones) - 1:12
  21. "Wife 4 Life" (featuring 4th Avenue Jones and K-Ci) - 4:06
  22. "Lady Liberty Needs Glasses" (featuring Malcolm Jamal Warner) - 2:23
  23. "Family Tree" (featuring Lamar Antwon Robinson and The IMPACT Repertory Theatre) - 3:21
  24. "Thug Blues" (featuring Lamar Antwon Robinson, Tina Thomas Bayyan and The IMPACT Repertory Theatre) - 4:46
  25. "The Sun and the Moon" (featuring Chief Okena Littlehawk) - 1:56

Chart history[edit]

Album
Chart Positions Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 89 [8]
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 28 [8]

Personnel[edit]

  • Jamal Joseph;- Producer
  • Tevin Thomas;- Co-Producer, Keyboards on "God", " Only 4 the Righteous"
  • Mike Mingioni — Engineer, Cover Photo, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Bass, Vocals on "Wake Me When I'm Free"
  • Molly Monjauze — Executive Producer
  • Herbert Leonard — Percussion
  • Gloria Cox — Executive Producer
  • Russell Simmons — Performer
  • Atiba Wilson — Flute
  • Mos Def - Performer
  • Tim Izo Orindgreff — Flute
  • Dead Prez - Performer
  • [Royal Bayyan] — Guitar & Keyboards
  • Jasmine Guy - Performer
  • Sonia Sanchez — Liner Notes
  • QD3 - Performer
  • Brian Gardner — Mastering
  • Danny Glover - Performer
  • Taavi Mote — Mixing
  • Red Rat — Producer
  • Skip Saylor — Mixing
  • TuPac — Vocals
  • Chris Puram — Mixing
  • Nefertiti — Vocals (Background)
  • Claudio Cueni — Mixing
  • Val Young — Vocals (Background)
  • Atiba Wilson — Percussion
  • Tom Whalley — A&R
  • Sikiru Adepoju — Performer
  • Juan Ramirez — Assistant Engineer
  • Sarah Jones — Performer
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner — Bass
  • Jeffery Newbury — Photography
  • Claudio Cueni — Engineer
  • Voza Rivers — Producer
  • Brian Springer — Engineer
  • Royal Bayyan — Producer
  • Thomas R. Yezzi — Engineer
  • Khalis Bayyan — Saxophone
  • Tyson Leeper — Engineer
  • Charles Mack — Vocals (Background)
  • Duncan Aldrich — Engineer
  • Nikki Giovanni — Vocals
  • Noelle Scaggs — Liner Notes, Vocals on "If There Be Pain"
  • Q-Tip — Performer
  • Tre Hardson — Performer
  • Erik Rico - Producer

References[edit]